Brazil’s Supreme Court allows gay Jesus film on Netflix

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ABOVE: Porta dos Fundos’ “First Temptation of Christ.” Image courtesy of Netflix.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) | The president of Brazil’s Supreme Court on Jan. 9 issued an order that allows streaming service Netflix to continue exhibiting a satirical film depicting Jesus as a gay man and reaffirmed Brazilians’ right to free speech.

“It is not to be assumed that a humorous satire has the magic power to undermine the values of the Christian faith, whose existence goes back more than two thousand years,” Supreme Court President Jose Antonio Dias Toffoli wrote in his decision.

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Sundance Film Festival aims for more movie critic diversity

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | A Sundance Film Festival program designed to increase diversity among media members covering the annual event in Park City boomed in popularity in the initiative’s second year.

For this year’s festival, 51 journalists were selected out of a pool of 319 applicants to receive travel stipends provided in the program, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

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Rio police identify suspect of attack on Netflix filmmakers

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) | Police in Rio de Janeiro have identified one of the people responsible for a gasoline bomb attack targeting satirists behind a Christmas program on Netflix that some critics have described as blasphemous.

The 41-year-old businessman, named Eduardo Fauzi Richard Cerquise, has a “violent profile” and remains at large, according to Marco Aurelio de Paula Ribeiro, the detective in charge of the investigation. Police had a warrant for Cerquise’s arrest Dec. 31 but were unable to locate him.

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A look back at some record-breaking moments in LGBTQ entertainment

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It was a history-making year in film, TV, music, sports, even cartoons and toylines, for the LGBTQ community in 2019.

We look back on a few of those amazing moments in our annual LGBTQ Pop Culture ABCs.

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‘Special’ to return to Netflix for second season

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ABOVE: Ryan O’Connell (L) with Punam Patel and Augustus Prew in “Special.” Image courtesy of Netflix.

Fans of the short-form Netflix comedy “Special” have an extra reason to rejoice this holiday season – the Emmy-nominated series has been renewed for a second season.

Starring and written by Ryan O’Connell, the semi-autobiographical series, which lists Jim Parsons alongside O’Connell as an executive producer, has gotten the green light for an additional season of eight episodes, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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Brazil investigates Christmas Eve attack over Netflix’s ‘The First Temptation of Christ’

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ABOVE: Netflix’s “The First Temptation of Christ,” image via Twitter/Netflix.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) | A video on social media in Brazil shows three masked people claiming they carried out a gasoline bomb attack to protest “The First Temptation of Christ,” a Christmas program on Netflix that some critics have described as blasphemous.

A man in the video, whose voice is digitally altered, says the Christmas Eve attack on a video production house in Rio de Janeiro targeted Brazilian humorist group Porta dos Fundos for its Portuguese-language program.

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Billy Porter, Megan Rapinoe and Baby Yoda are among AP’s top TV moments of 2019

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NEW YORK (AP) | Many have noticed how fragmented our TV viewing is, with multiple competing streaming services and dozens of channels pulling us in different directions. But the year also saw some jaw-dropping moments that found huge audiences, whether it was a royal interview or a viral alien.

The Associated Press has put together a list of the best TV moments in 2019.

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Netflix delivers trailer for RuPaul’s new show

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ABOVE: RuPaul as Ruby Red in “AJ and the Queen,” photo via Netflix.

Netflix has dropped the official trailer for RuPaul’s new scripted series.

AJ and the Queen,” created by RuPaul with Michael Patrick King (“Sex and the City”), debuts on the streaming network in January, and although we’ve gotten a quick teaser trailer for it already, this is the first extended look we’ve been given to date.

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Johansson admits she was ‘tone deaf’ about trans casting controversy

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ABOVE: Scarlett Johansson in ‘Marriage Story,’ image courtesy of Netflix.

Actress Scarlett Johansson, who last year fell under heavy criticism after being cast as a trans man in the film, “Rub and Tug,” now admits she was in the wrong.

The incident played out after the “Avengers” star was announced to play Dante “Tex” Gill in the Rupert Sanders-helmed biopic in 2018. The real-life Gill was a transmasculine massage parlor owner and gangster who was a major figure in Pennsylvania’s vice rackets before spending 13 years in prison for income tax fraud. He died in 2003.

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Netflix’s ‘The Dragon Prince’ releases third season, adds even more LGBTQ characters

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ABOVE: “The Dragon Prince” main characters princes Ezran and Callum, elf Rayla, glow toad Bait and dragon Zym (from Facebook).

Netflix’s original animated series “The Dragon Prince” released its third season Nov. 22, promising viewers more backstory and even more LGBTQ representation.

Co-created by one of the minds behind the massively popular Nickelodeon show “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” “The Dragon Prince” tells the story of two princes and brothers who team up with an assassin who was supposed to kill them after discovering a secret that can unite the human realm and the magical realm called Xadia.

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‘Atypical’ star comes out as nonbinary

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ABOVE: Brigette Lundy-Paine, photo courtesy Lundy-Paine’s Instagram.

Another celebrity has joined the growing number of media personalities who have come out as nonbinary.

Brigette Lundy-Paine, known for their role on the Netflix series “Atypical, came out as queer last year – but in a heartfelt admission on Instagram earlier this month, has now officially come out as nonbinary.

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Netflix drops teaser trailer for new RuPaul series

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ABOVE: RuPaul, photo courtesy Netflix.

The first teaser trailer for RuPaul‘s new scripted comedy series has dropped.

Co-written by RuPaul and Michael Patrick King (“Sex and the City”), “AJ and The Queen” is an upcoming hour-long scripted comedy series that comes to Netflix in January.

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